Wednesday, March 25, 2020

300 cancellations just hours before domestic flight ban

Even as people tried desperately to fly into the city before the embargo on domestic flights kicked in Tuesday midnight, Mumbai airport saw massive disruption with 137 arrivals and 165 departures cancelled.
According to data from, a global live air traffic monitoring website, 33 per cent of total arrivals were cancelled, while 19 were delayed, and 40 per cent of departures were cancelled and 62 were delayed.
The data showed that IndiGo had cancelled 77 flights including 39 departures, SpiceJet 55 flights including 32 departures, and Air India 24 flights including 15 departures. GoAir had only a handful flying actually with 69 cancellations. As many as 43 flights on the busiest Mumbai-Delhi route were
cancelled by several airlines including during the evening peak departure time.
To restrict the further spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Monday evening had directed all domestic airlines to stop operating flights from Tuesday night, and plan the flight operations in such a way that all flights would be on the ground by 23:59 on Tuesday. India had already shut down all international flights at 1.30 am on March 23.
With air travel and tourism sector massively hit by the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, India’s airlines had already cut their capacities in line with the existing bookings. By Monday, all Indian carriers had ground nearly 275 aircraft out of 660+ they operate, according to an analysis by Network
Thoughts, an aviation analysis blog run by Ameya Joshi.
Joshi’s analysis based on data obtained from FlightRadar24 showed that 40 per cent of India’s fleet was already grounded. Air India and IndiGo had grounded nearly 80 aircraft each, SpiceJet had 40 aircraft on the ground followed by GoAir with 30, Vistara with 23, Air India Express with 13, and Air
Asia with six.
25/03/20 Satish Nandgaonkar/Mumbai Mirror
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